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It is interesting to read a poem from the first century BC whose purpose was to “make Rome great again.”
At that time Augustus, having recently won a decisive battle that ended the civil war, was determined to create a great work of propaganda, a national epic that would commemorate his victory and glorify Rome. But what happens when you pick a real poet for the job rather than a propagandist, historian or documentarian? From among a field of great poets, Virgil was the man chosen for the job, and he created a nightmarish world of monsters, signs and prophecies, histrionic suicides, surreal tableaux, and gruesome battles, all amid an almost unremitting climate of dread, grief and loss. How does one square the professed purpose of the poem with the actual strange result? How was Virgil able to thread the needle to produce a work that was both real poetry and a real fulfillment of his mission?
Virgil had to make a series of very deliberate and surprising creative decisions in the making of The Aeneid. We will discuss Virgil’s amazing artistry and resourcefulness; his eagerness to “out-Homer Homer”; and the extent to which his epic might be considered, like Keats’s “Ode to a Nightingale,” a glorious failure while being one of the greatest poems of all time. We will also talk a little about Virgil’s earlier work, especially the beautiful and puzzling Eclogues which, like The Aeneid, evoke strange other worlds, both of the past and of the future.
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92nd Street Y is a world-class cultural and community center where people all over the world connect through culture, arts, entertainment and conversation. For over 140 years, we have harnessed the power of arts and ideas to enrich, enlighten and change lives, and the power of community to repair the...
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Founded and directed by Pulitzer Prize winning poet, Philip Schultz, The Writers Studio welcomes beginning and experienced fiction writers and poets to ongoing writing workshops designed to help them discover and nurture their own voices. Hailed by The New York Times as “the most personal of the programs,” The Writers Studio is founded on the belief...
Wednesday Oct 16th, 6:30pm - 8:30pm(8 sessions)
All students new to The Writers Studio NYC start with Level I. Since we approach teaching with our own method and vocabulary, even experienced writers with publications and/or MFAs will find plenty that is new and challenging in Level I. Our short weekly exercises are designed to stimulate students’ imaginations while also teaching a lot of nuts-and-bolts...
Monday Oct 21st, 6:30pm - 8:30pm(8 sessions)
"I dread falling in love," wrote the poet Robert Duncan. "Falling in love means losing my being. Love exposes us to the first body and to the light; we might even fall in love with what we hate or what hates us." The Poetics of Love seeks to engage the transformative potential of love and emotional interdependence-from eros to philia, philautia to...
Sunday Oct 20th, 5pm - 7:50pm(5 sessions)
The NYC One-day Intensives are seven-hour crash courses, giving you brief lectures that hit the high-points and writing exercises that let you immediately try your hand at what you’ve learned. Arrive in the morning with a desire to learn; leave in the evening as a more knowledgeable writer. Intensives are open for writers of any level. ...
Saturday Nov 9th, 11am - 6pm
This course will explore how we tell our stories through poetry, whether directly or slant, and ways we can be more adventurous, musical and honest. Experience with poetry-writing will be expected. Students will be required to turn in a poem a week to be workshopped by the group. Experience with reading poetry is also a must. Familiarity with the...
Tuesday Oct 29th, 6:30pm - 9pm(8 sessions)
Over the course of this poetry writing workshop, writers will take their cue from the works of Lucille Clifton, a writer whom poet Mari Evans contends, reflects optimism, an emphasis on “the qualities which have allowed us to survive, and the belief that we have the ability to make things better.” We will investigate and interrogate their own personal...
Tuesday Oct 29th, 6:30pm - 9pm(4 sessions)
Summoning The Magic From Your Poetry & Photography Manuscript Do you think your poems and photographs have a power, language, and magic of their own? Maybe they have just the right energy to pair well in a book of poetry and photography. In this intimate workshop, meet author/artist Christine Sloan Stoddard, and go through exercises to help you...
Saturday Nov 2nd, 3pm - 6pm
Explore poetry’s divided duty—to celebrate, to commemorate—in this weekend intensive. Working from models by Elizabeth Bishop, John Keats, Pablo Neruda, Sappho and others, students will compose original poems and participate in group discussion. Special attention will be paid to the ways in which song underlies these age-old forms.
Saturday Nov 16th, 12pm - 3pm(2 sessions)
Want to give French creative writing a shot? We’ll analyze a few different pieces of French fiction and poetry, paying close attention to style and voice. After, you’ll have the chance to work on a rough draft or simply an idea that you’d like to put on paper in French. The focus will be on poetry, fiction, non-fiction. Prerequisite: Open...
Saturday Nov 16th, 1pm - 4pm
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